Welcome

Office is Closed to the Public: November 12th – November 30th the office will be closed to the public and will only see people by appointment only. Please call the office ahead if you are going to stop in, or just give us a call and we can help you out! The office number is 518-651-2097. If you are unable to get through you can call my cell 845-399-8440. We are closing to protect our staff and the public during the recent upsurge in Covid positive cases in the county. Please be safe, wear a mask, wash your hands and if you do not need to go out stay home. Thank you!

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Board Vacancy

Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District is currently looking to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors.

            FCSWCD had a Board of Directors’ appointment expire on December 31, 2019. This appointment is for the board director At-Large/Farmer Position, this means a current farmer in the county.

            District Board members are local citizens appointed to a two-year term of office. For several decades, board members consisted of agricultural landowners. However, the scope of conservation has grown and so has the diversity of board members. Today, district boards can be made up of homemakers, farmers, teachers, doctors, business owners, etc. They represent a variety of local environmental concerns.

Board Members voluntarily assess local conservation needs and encourage cooperative efforts in achieving the district’s conservation goals. Members meet to review and approve financial matters of the District, discuss new and current programs, as well as discuss various conservation plans, and current issues. The Board supervises the district staff and authorizes development of grant proposals and use of funding. 

The District staff is involved in such programs as the sale of tree seedlings, helping landowners with best management practices for their property, agricultural value assessments, watershed management plans, permits, mining plans and revisions, erosion and sediment control plans, hydroseeding, and water testing.  The staff also participate in educational programs such as Conservation Field days for 4th and 5th graders, and the Envirothon, an environmental competition for high school students.

The mission of the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District is to promote wise management of our natural resources through a wide variety of quality conservation and educational programs to the landowners, land-users and municipalities of Franklin County. Being a part of the Soil and Water board, you can help goal to maintain and improve the quality of land, nature, and water. Environmental concerns and issues can be brought forth during meetings to aid in reaching all members of the County. We are all trying to reach the same goal of being good stewards of the land created, that our livelihoods depend on. 

            The Board meets once per month for approximately two hours. This position is for an At Large Farmer. Franklin County Residency is required.   Anyone interested in serving on the Board in this at-large/farmer position should pick up an application at the District office (151 Finney Blvd, Malone) or click here for the PDF. Then submit the application, a letter of interest and brief resume to the Franklin County Board of Legislators, Court House, 355 West Main Street, Malone, NY 12953 by November 16th, 2020.  For more information, stop in to the District office at 151 Finney Blvd., send us an email at fcswcd@fcswcd.org, or by phone (518) 651-2097.

 

Click here for the minutes of past District meetings.

Our Mission

The mission of the Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District is to promote wise management of our natural resources through a wide variety of quality conservation and educational programs to the landowners, land-users and municipalities of Franklin County.

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What is FCSWCD

Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District is one of 58 Conservation Districts in New York State and one of the many in the United States. Working together with individuals and other agencies FCSWCD provides technical assistance as well as education on soil, water and related natural resource concerns and issues. All are welcome to stop by or call our office for assistance and information on anything related to the environment.

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